Vintage Glass insulators were first produced in the 1850s for telegraph lines, then for telephone and power transmission lines. They insulated and protected the wooden poles from the electricity coursing through the wires. They are made from glass, porcelain or composite polymer materials (nonconductive materials). That was the insulator’s main purpose. Hemingray, Brookfield, and Whitall Tatum are some of the companies who made them. Glass insulators are perfect for upcycling projects, and with their industrial style, they are an excellent material for lights, candle holders, planter or other decorations. Their gorgeous colors and decorative edging, as well as the manufacturer’s markings were works of art when aesthetics were important along with functionality. Here are some of the 30 best ideas we’ve found and that are made from old glass insulators.
Glass Insulator Candleholder & Tea Light
A rusty bed spring and a vintage aqua glass insulator make a cute little votive holders.
Make Vintage Glass Insulators into various Pendant Lamps and Chandeliers!
- Michael Bruner
- Schiffer Publishing
- Hardcover: 222 pages